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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Killed her husband so he would not known she had stolen millions from his business
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: May 17, 2005
Date of arrest: 10 days after
Date of birth: 1967
Victim profile: Robert Bosley, 42 (her husband)
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Campbell County, Kentucky, USA
Status: Plead guilty. Sentenced to 20 years in prison on November 2, 2006

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Missing millions and a gruesome murder

By Willard Roper/Tony James Features -

January 30, 2014

Amy Bosley was the archetypal American dream wife...attractive, kind and funny, a devoted mother, a valued business partner to her husband, an untiring charity worker and community stalwart in the small town of Campbell, Kentucky.

But that dream became a nightmare at dawn on a May morning in 2005 when 38-year-old Amy rang police in floods of tears to report that an intruder had broken into their holiday cabin, fatally shot her husband, terrified their two young children and was still lurking somewhere in the house Patrol cars rushed to the remote luxury cabin deep in woodland in Campbell County and found a scene of appalling violence.

Bob Bosley, a 41-year-old businessman, was lying dead on the bed in the master bedroom, his body torn by at least seven revolver bullets. The room and the rest of the cabin, had been ransacked - possessions and clothes strewn around the doors and windows broken.

Indeed, surveying the wreckage, one hardened detective muttered to a colleague: "This is overkill...No intruder would kill the guy like this and then destroy the place."

The Bosleys' two sons, Trevor, nine, and Morgan, six, asleep in a first-floor loft bedroom had not been harmed although they had been woken by the commotion and told to stay in their room by their mother.

Police searched the house and grounds, but no intruder was found. Amy Bosley in a state of shock, was taken to the house of friends.

"It was a very bloody scene," Detective Dave Fickensecher said later. "You could see bullet-holes everywhere. The once immaculate cabin was a shambles. Whatever had gone on was extremely violent."

Sniffer dogs were brought in but failed to find anything and helicopters searched the heavily-wooded area look anyone resembling Amy Bosley's description of "a white guy in his thirties, very tall and with a pointed very mean face." But no one was found.

Not surprisingly the case was headline news for in the town of Campbell, Bob and Amy Bosley were the nearest they had to royalty. They owned a million-dollar roofing business, had sports cars, horses, their own plane and a 50-ft motor-yacht. They also planned to build a castle-like mansion on their 35-acre estate.

It was on this land, mainly remote woods, that the Bosleys had built their weekend retreat, a luxury cabin, which was now the scene of the first murder in Campbell County for more than 15 years.

About the only piece of evidence detectives had was a transcript of the initial emergency call, made at 5am in which Amy Bosley said: "Someone is breaking into my house. What can I do? Help me, help me."

Then, before the dispatcher could reply, Amy cried: "Oh my God, he's shot my husband. He's shot Bob. I think he's still in the house." He wasn't. But that didn't mean he was not still in the Campbell area and mounting panic gripped the community. Locals fearing that a crazed killer was on the loose kept their children at home from school the following days.

Said a neighbour, Bobby Wahoff: "I can't believe what's happened. Bob was the nicest guy you could find. He would give you the shirt off his back if he had to."

The day after the murder, police chief Keith Hill told the media:" We believe that a white male suspect entered the Bosley cabin through the back door which was broken.

"The strange thing is that nothing appears to be missing and no gun or shell casings have been found. We have no motive at this time and no explanation as to why Bob Bosley was killed.

At the same press conference, Amy Bosley made a tearful statement in which she said:"We have every faith in the police department and the investigation to find this killer. We are helping the authorities in every way we can. "Unfortunately as of now all I can remember is that I woke up and was on the floor. I heard shots and I saw a man leave the house."

Soon afterwards police investigations began to reveal that the Bosley marriage had not been as idyllic as Amy claimed it to be. Bob spent most weekends on his boat on nearby Lake Cumberland holding parties at which most of the guests were women.

Friends said that Bob would be on the lake for days at a time and refuse to tell Amy who he was with and when he would be back. But not all the Bosley's secrets concerned Bob's extramarital affairs. A close study of the finances of the roofing company of which Amy was financial director, showed that the apparently booming enterprise was going bust.

Amy it seemed, was destroying the business by embezzling nearly $2 million which should have been paid to the IRS tax authorities. "Our case is that she was destroying his business to get even with him for being unfaithful," prosecutor Michelle Snodgrass was later to tell a court.

And Bob's sister Debbie Webb was to recall: "Amy once told me that if Bob was ever unfaithful to her or left her she would shoot him.I didn't take this seriously but it lingered in the back of my mind."

Suddenly suspicion fell on tragic wife Amy Bosley but she vehemently denied having anything to do with the crime."I loved Bob, despite any problems we had," she told detectives.

"We didn't have a perfect marriage -who does? - but he was the father of my children and I had no reason to shoot him." But the police didn't believe her and three days later Amy was arrested and charged with murder. When she appeared before Judge John Stine and a jury at Campbell County courthouse,prosecutor Snodgrass claimed that a police search of the cabin had found Amy's handbag hidden in the back a cupboard. It contained a Glock handgun from her husband's collection.

But defence attorney Jim Morgan said that as no ammunition had been found there was no evidence that the weapon was the one used to kill Bob Bosley.

He told the jury: "There were no witnesses, no DNA evidence and the possibility of another killer can't be ruled out because Bob Bosley had made many enemies through his business dealings." It was then that prosecutor Snodgrass produced her trump cards: the two Bosley children. Interviewed by child experts they had made statements saying that the glass in the back door had been shattered AFTER the murder to make it look like a break-in.

"The first thing that woke the kids were the gunshots," Michelle Snodgrass told the jury."They heard the glass breaking after the gunshots. This testimony was crucial but as no one wanted the children, now living with their grandparents, to be forced to give evidence against their mother, the prosecution offered a plea-bargain involving a lighter sentence to save the youngsters from testifying.

Amy Bosley changed her plea to guilty and was gaoled for a minimum of 17 years. But the Bosley family were not happy and let her know their feelings. Bob's brother James told her:"You can walk out of gaol, dig up the loot we believe you stole from my brother's business and live the rest of your life in luxury.

"All we hope is that every night you see the face of my brother and the tear-stained faces of your children who have been turned into orphans and who saw horrors that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.


A Double Life, Missing Millions and Murder

By Joseph Diaz -

September 4, 2007

Amy and Bob Bosley were like local royalty -- they owned a million-dollar roofing business and were active volunteers in their community. But a phone call one spring morning would devastate their Campbell County, Ky., domain.

"Someone is breaking into my house," Amy frantically told a 911 dispatcher. "Oh my God, he shot my husband!" she exclaimed.

Police rushed to the scene and discovered the Bosleys' cabin in shambles. The back door was broken in, shattered glass was everywhere and in the bedroom they found Bob Bosley dead -- shot seven times. As family and friends wondered who could have committed such a grisly murder in their small community, especially against someone as popular as Bob, his wife, Amy, the only eyewitness, was forced to expose the most intimate details of their marriage to police.

Detectives questioned Amy about rumors of the couple's allegedly open marriage. They also asked her about Lake Cumberland -- a beautiful place to relax, drink, and do things you might not do at home -- where Bob would spend weekends cruising around on his boat.

Amy revealed that Bob kept secrets from her and would disappear to Lake Cumberland for days at time. "He liked to have a lot of women and have big parties on his boat," said county prosecutor Michelle Snodgrass. The lake is notorious for wild parties; when "Primetime" visited, some women were going topless for Mardi Gras beads.

During their investigation, police uncovered graphic photographs of Bob with other women. They were able to confirm at least one extramarital affair but Detective Dave Fickenscher doesn't think that was the couple's biggest issue. "The big secret was the financial downfall of the business," he said.

The Money Trail

For years Bob had built up his chimney sweep and roofing business, eventually turning it into somewhat of a local empire with Amy right beside him handing the bookkeeping. But during the investigation into the murder, police discovered something suspicious in Amy's car: hundreds of unmailed checks to the IRS totaling about $1.7 million in back taxes, according to prosecutor Jack Porter.

Weeks before the shooting, Amy met with an IRS agent who informed her they were investigating Bob for nonpayment of taxes. Amy went to great lengths to keep the tax problems from her husband even going as far as to impersonate him over the phone, according to police. "She was screwing up his business, that was probably one of the worst things you could do to Bob," said Snodgrass. "Her thought was, 'He'll absolutely leave me. There's nothing worse I could do to him than screw up this business.'"

That notion, coupled with something Amy once said, haunts Bob's sister Debbie Webb. "She told me if Bobby ever left her that she would shoot him in his sleep." Debbie says she didn't take the comment seriously but it always hovered in the back of her mind.

Crime Scene Staged?

Throughout the investigation, police, prosecutors, townspeople and even the Bosley family had their suspicions about who committed the crime -- Amy Bosley, something she vehemently denied. "I had no reason to shoot him," she told police. But the Bosley's unusual marriage, the looming IRS investigation, Amy's story of an intruder and her behavior following the murder just didn't seem to add up.

"Her actions weren't appropriate. He's dead just two hours and she's bashing him in a police interview," said Fickenscher. Prosecutors felt her crying was forced and not at all genuine. "Her husband had just been killed and even though she would do the same crying out, no one saw a tear fall from her eye," said Snodgrass.

Authorities said even the crime scene looked staged. Around the body police found just two bullet shell casings; the others were found in the most unusual of places, like the bottom of the washing machine. According to Amy's lawyer, Jim Morgan, those casings were old, probably left in Bob's jeans from target practice. "Just like coins typically fall out of your pocket in the washing machine, the shell casings [did too]," he said.

Police don't buy that explanation and had their own theory. The day of the murder, the IRS was coming to audit the business's books, potentially exposing Amy's secret. Police say Amy might have felt that the only way to make the tax problem go away was to kill her husband. "The IRS was investigating Bob Bosley and if Bob Bosley couldn't tell them otherwise, then he could be at fault," said Fickenscher.

Ten days after Bob Bosley was shot and killed, Amy was arrested for the murder. She insisted she was innocent, but a week later another piece of incriminating evidence turned up in Amy's purse -- a Glock handgun. It was the same type of gun used to kill her husband. Even though police had no doubt they'd found the murder weapon, authorities couldn't definitively match it to the lead slugs that struck Bob Bosley because the slugs were too mutilated.

The Surprising Outcome

While there was a mountain of circumstantial evidence against Amy, prosecutors admitted they didn't have a slam dunk. But statements Amy's children, Morgan, 9, and Trevor, 6, gave to police following the murder would become the strongest piece of evidence. "The first thing that woke the children up was gunshots," said Snodgrass. "The children heard the glass breaking after the gunshots," Snodgrass added, which would contradict Amy's story of an intruder break-in.

Their testimony was crucial, but no one wanted to force young children who had already lost their father to testify against their mother. As a result, prosecutors reluctantly offered Amy Bosley a deal -- the minimum sentence of 20 years if she pleaded guilty -- and to everyone's surprise she took the deal. "Amy entered a plea for one reason, and that was to save her children from testifying," said Morgan, who maintains his client is not guilty.

Bob's family is certain Amy did it and speculate that the motive involved that missing money from his company. They believe Amy was siphoning off the cash and hiding it in the backyard of the family farm. "I think that there's money buried, and when she makes parole, one of the first stops she makes is to go get that," said Snodgrass.


Family Confronts Amy Bosley in Court

November 3, 2006

When Amy Bosley walked into a Campbell County courtroom Thursday afternoon, she gave a slight smile to her family sitting in the front row. It didn't take long for that smile to go away.

During the short hearing, Judge Fred Stine abided by Bosley's plea agreement, and sentenced the Campbell County woman to 20 years in prison for murdering her husband, Bobby last May. But not before Bobby's mother, sister, and brother got time to confront her.

Bobby's brother, James, was direct. "You have no respect for life," he said. "You are a liar and a fake."

His sister, Debra Webb, wanted to know what Bobby's final moments were like. "Did he yell out for you to stop? We'll never know," she said, looking at Amy face to face.

And Bobby's mother, Audrey Bosley, read a letter to her son. "I didn't get to see my son. I didn't get to tell him goodbye," she said.

Amy, wearing a green and white jail jumpsuit, mostly looked down at the ground and wiped away tears as her in-laws spoke. Judge Stine told her the "horror" she created would end up hurting her own children the most.

The Bosley's 7 and 10-year-old children were in the home when Amy shot Bobby six times while he slept. She told police a man broke in through a glass door, got into a shouting match with Bobby, then shot him.

But prosecutors say the Bosley children told a different story. They were upstairs and heard what happened. If the case would have gone to trial, they would have been the key witnesses, and prosecutors say they would have contradicted every part of their mother's story.

"The children would've testified the breaking of the glass happened after the gunshot, so they were critical, critical witnesses," Campbell County Commonwealth Attorney, Jack Porter says. "And there wasn't any way around putting them on the stand."

But Bobby's parents, who are now taking care of the children, didn't want that to happen. They say it was them, not Amy, who pushed for the plea deal.

"Amy didn't care if those kids were on the stand," James Bosley says. "She don't even care about them today. She could care less about them kids. She's not even a mother in my eyes."

The Bosley's say the deal was the right thing to do, even though they wish Amy could spend the rest of her life in prison.


20-Year Sentence Recommended For Woman Who Admitted Killing Husband

(NEWPORT, Ky.) -- Prosecutors recommended a 20-year prison sentence for a woman who admitted to fatally shooting her husband in their northern Kentucky cabin in 2005.

Amy Bosley's guilty plea to one murder count on Thursday came less than two weeks before she was to stand trial for the death of Robert Bosley, 42, a roofer and chimney sweep.

Bosley, 37, will be sentenced on Nov. 2 in Campbell County Circuit Court.

The plea agreement spared her two children, ages 10 and 7, from testifying at her trial.

Porter said the public may never know "the exact motive" for the killing.

"We know that there were financial matters she was attempting to hide from her husband," he said. "As far as we could find, that was the only thing that sort of made a little bit of sense, I guess. But how do you make sense out of this thing really? A divorce is pretty easy to get."

He said Amy Bosley was hiding more than $1 million in financial liabilities from her husband.

The killing took place in the couple's cabin, where they were living during construction of their dream home on a 35-acre farm in rural Pendleton County.

Police responded to the cabin in the early morning of May 17, 2005, after Amy Bosley made a frantic 911 call, screaming there was an intruder. She sounded as though she was talking to the person and warned the burglar not to go upstairs where the children were sleeping.

Police converged on the area with a helicopter and police dogs. Three nearby schools were locked down.

Investigators arrived at the cabin to find Amy Bosley distraught. Her husband's body was in the bedroom, where he'd been shot six times with a 9 mm handgun.


Amy Bosley Pleads Guilty To Murder

The murder trial of Amy Bosley has come to a surprising end in a Campbell County courtroom.

The wife of murder victim Robert Bosley told Judge Fred Stine that she in fact did pull the trigger that killed her husband.

The mother of two was apparently not advised by her attorneys to enter the plea and they did not sign off on the deal.

Bosley's children ages seven and ten were found competent to testify and Bosley said she didn't want to subject her children to the stresses of having to testify against their mother. The children were in the house reportedly asleep the night that Bosley fired six shots at her husband.

Bosley also pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence.

As part of the agreement, Bosley is expected to be sentenced to 20 years for murder and five years for the tampering charge. The sentences will be served concurrently. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for November 2nd.

Police said Bosley killed her husband in May of 2005 in their Campbell County cabin. Bosley claimed that a man broke into their home and killed her husband. Police said that they never found evidence to support her claim.

A civil suit filed by the family of Robert Bosley is expected to be cleared up next week.



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